Grants

Grants are awarded based on financial need as determined by the results of the FAFSA. Grants are gift funds that do not require repayment.

A student’s financial aid award will include grant funds whenever guidelines and funding levels permit. Priority for grants is given to students that meet the priority deadline on March 15.

Grant funds are initially awarded based on full-time enrollment status during the fall and spring semesters. If a student’s enrollment changes to three-quarter time or half-time status, grant funds will be reduced. Graduate students are not eligible for federal grants but may be eligible for state or institutional grants if they demonstrate need and meet specific requirements.

Your Grant amount is awarded based on full-time enrollment. If you decide to enroll part-time, please note that your grants will pro-rate.

Federal Grants

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) offers a variety of federal grants to students attending four-year colleges or universities, community colleges, and career schools. The following federal grants are awarded at UTSA.

The Federal PELL Grant is awarded to undergraduate students who are seeking their first degree and demonstrate financial need. A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid.

Eligibility for this award is determined from the FAFSA. The amount of Pell grant will be determined by the maximum set by the Department of Education, your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and your enrollment status. Students must also meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards.

Students who qualify for PELL can only receive it for a maximum of 6 years or 12 semesters of full-time enrollment. If a student has received the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters of Pell Grant, they will no longer be eligible for Pell Grant funding. You can track how much of your PELL is used at www.NSLDS.ed.gov.

 

Summer Pell

Students can now receive up to 150% of their scheduled award for one academic year. What does this mean? This means if you are full-time in fall and spring and use all of your Pell, you may be eligible for more Pell for summer if you register at least half time (6 hours). Pell Grant eligibility requirements still apply and all awards count towards the Lifetime Pell Grant Eligibility (LEU). Students must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress and have submitted the Summer Application for Financial Aid through their ASAP account.

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree. It is awarded to students with exceptional financial need and first priority is given to students who have been awarded the Federal Pell grant. The SEOG Grant is awarded until funds are exhausted.

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant helps students who plan to teach in high-need fields at the secondary or elementary level.

TEACH Grant Requirements
If you choose to participate in this aid program, you must agree to do all of the following:

  • Serve as a full-time teacher for 4 years
  • Teach a high-need field/subject
  • Serve in a public or private elementary or secondary school
  • Teach in a school that serves low-income students

If you fail to meet the requirements listed above, the TEACH Grant funds you received will change into a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You will have to repay the entire loan with interest. Interest is charged from the day the money originally paid out.

To be Awarded the TEACH Grant:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate with Junior or Senior standing, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student in a post-secondary educational institution that has chosen to participate in the TEACH Grant Program.
  • Be enrolled in coursework that is necessary to begin a career in teaching.

Students who accept the TEACH Grant award must sign the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve for each award period with the U.S. Department of Education.

State Grants

Texas offers a variety of educational grants for universities and colleges. The following state grant is awarded at UTSA.

The Toward EXcellence Access and Success (TEXAS) grant is awarded to undergraduate Texas resident students who demonstrate financial need and meet academic eligibility requirements. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) determines the eligibility requirements that students must meet in order to be awarded. This grant is awarded to students until funds are exhausted and are subject to funding availability from the state of Texas.

TEXAS Grant Eligibility
The TEXAS Grant eligibility requirements are extensive. Please review them from the College For All Texans site. You must have a FAFSA on file and be admitted to UTSA by January 15 to be considered for this grant.

Note to Incoming Transfers to UTSA (Students need to self-identify)
If you received a TEXAS Grant at another institution and are now planning to attend UTSA, please contact our office either by phone, in-person or by emailing  onestop@utsa.edu. Let us know the school that you received the award from and what semester you will be transferring to UTSA. Our office will check to make sure you have eligibility to receive the grant. The state database is typically updated in November each year.

Renewal Requirements: Maintaining your eligibility
Students who meet renewal eligibility requirements can receive the award for up to 150 semester credit hours until they receive a bachelor’s degree or for 5 years if enrolled in the 4-year degree program or 6 years if enrolled in a 5-year degree plan, whichever comes first.

At the end of the first year, students must:

  • Apply for the FAFSA by March 15 for the next academic year
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Complete at least 67% of hours attempted
  • Not be convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance unless 2 years have passed since restitution to society has been paid
  • Enroll at least three-quarter time

At the end of the second year and in later years, eligibility requirements include:

  • Apply for the FAFSA by March 15 for the next academic year
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Complete at least 24 hours per year
  • Enroll at least three-quarter time

Hardship Appeals
Should you fail to meet requirements for renewal, you may submit an appeal to review your eligibility based upon extenuating circumstances. The request must be submitted in writing and should detail the reason behind your request and provide any supporting documentation. Please submit this appeal to our office in the form of a typed request and include copies of supporting documentation. This can be submitted by phone, walk-in or by emailing onestop@utsa.edu. Reasons that may be considered include:

  • Students who are graduating at the end of the semester and are going to be in fewer than 9 hours
  • A severe illness or other debilitating condition that affected academic performance;
  • An indication that you are responsible for the care of a sick, injured or needy person and that your provision of care affected your academic performance; OR
  • Other extraordinary circumstances that may have impacted your ability to meet renewal requirements (such as a professional internship)

Institutional Grants

Additional need-based grants have been made available through Tuition Deregulation. UTSA awards institutional grants to undergraduate and graduate students based on need and availability of funds. This funding is awarded during the regular awarding cycle and is awarded until funds are exhausted.

The Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) is awarded to undergraduate and graduate students based on need and availability of funds. A limited amount of funds are available to non-residents of Texas as well as foreign students (additional application required). This grant is awarded until funds are exhausted.

The UTSA Grant is awarded to undergraduate and graduate students based on need as determined by the FAFSA and the availability of funds. Students must be Texas resident to qualify for the UTSA Grant.

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